Following the launch of the facelifted 500X in Europe earlier this year, Fiat is now revealing the North American version of the subcompact crossover. The new 500X will hit the US market in the spring of next year. But before that, it will make its debut at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show.
Relatively unaltered outwardly, the invigorated SUV carries various savvy-looking enhancements. The front fascia has been redesigned and features LED daytime running lights. Full-LED headlights are offered as optional, supplanting the bi-xenon clusters of the previous model giving 20 percent brighter lighting than before. Moreover, the LED lights absorbs multiple times less energy than regular halogen lamps.
On the interior, there’s a new instrument cluster with enhanced graphics for the TFT 3.5-inch screen located in the middle of two conventional analogue dials. Additionally, there’s Fiat’s most recent infotainment system that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto; also accessible navigation, Bluetooth, and optional BeatsAudio system.
Unquestionably, the greatest tech upgrade for the little SUV is the new 1.3-liter turbocharged petrol engine. The new unit is also available for the European variant of the 500X, producing 177 hp and 210 lb-ft of torque. The engine utilizes the third-gen of Fiat’s MultiAir valve-actuation, which should additionally improve the efficiency of combustion.
The new Italian-styled, 2019 Fiat 500X is enjoyable to-drive thanks to its all-new, eco-friendly motor that produces “best-in-class torque,” as said by FCA‘s Head of Passenger Car Brands, Steve Beahm. The new crossover additionally comes with standard all-wheel-drive customized to deal with numerous atmospheres and driving conditions.
The vehicle’s nine-speed automatic transmission provides more straightforward response and is speedier in gear shifts. The car’s all-wheel-drive system will disengage the rear axle to enhance eco-friendliness when extra traction isn’t required. The SUV features front MacPherson strut suspension and outlying rear cradle.
How much is the new fiat 500X?
In the US, the 2019 Fiat 500X will start at $25,785 including delivery fee. Three new exterior paints will be offered when the car goes on sale next year. There will also be three new wheel options: one 18-inch and two 17-inch. The model can be configured in Pop, Trekking, and Trekking Plus. If you want the top-of-the-line variant, it will set you back from $30,490.